Greater Toronto Area Chapter

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About Us

Welcome to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Chapter. We are a group of passionate volunteers who, since January 2021, have been building the GTA Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC). As interest grows to protect end-of-life rights, we are focusing our energies on expanding services and support to the GTA. Through advocacy and public education, the GTA Chapter will work to make residents in the Toronto area aware of their rights to access quality end-of-life choice and care. Our geographical boundaries include Metropolitan Toronto, Mississauga, York Region and Oshawa/Pickering.

Services Provided

  • Our talented presenters and informed resource people offer education to key audiences on the medical assistance in dying process and on the importance of Advance Care Planning
  • Workshops on Advance Care Planning (Presentations and workshops can be either live or virtual)
  • Partnering with like-minded organizations to reach broader, more diverse audiences
  • Advocating, on behalf of DWDC, concerns to GTA area elected officials
  • Liaising with various media and businesses; writing articles and arranging interviews; creating content and opportunities through our social media presence

Our Chapter's Team

Sharanie Patterson

Executive Secretary

Upcoming Events

Join us on Wednesday, March 13 to discuss this evolving practice alongside Death Doula and Funeral Celebrant Karry Sawatsky.  

Home Funerals

Death Doula Heather Spratt will be joining us on Wednesday, March 20 to share stories of how families have broken the mold of traditionality to transform their loved ones’ exit into something meaningful and unique to them.

Planning a Meaningful Funeral

Additional Resources

GTA Chapter Presentations

The GTA Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) offers two FREE information sessions, for people of all ages, on the topics of Advance Care Planning and medical assistance in dying.

GTA Chapter Presentations

Additional Information

Vision: Everyone has a right to choose a good death 

Core values: 

  • Person-centered 
  • Compassion 
  • Integrity 
  • Courage 
  • Collaboration 

Contact us

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toronto@dyingwithdignity.com

DWDC supports Canadians navigating end-of-life choice and care, we do not provide the information or means to end a life.

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Nora is a writer, editor, blogger, teacher, translator, interpreter and a presenter for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada....

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